Ford Mustang Mach-E: News about the battery and the electric motors

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The newcomer has pouch cells from LG, two electric motors with 52 and 221 kW – and Plug and Charge is already supported

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At the test event for the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT in Croatia and in our preparation for it, we learned a lot about the technology of the electric car.

To our test report We report these facts separately here.

As a reminder: The Mustang Mach-E is optionally available with a 68 kWh battery (Standard Range) or with an 88 kWh battery (Extended Range). Five engines are available, including two rear-wheel drive and three all-wheel drive units:

  Net battery / WLTP range Performance / 0-100 km / h price
Mustang Mach-E SR 68 kWh / 440 km 198 kW / 6.9 sec. 47,500 euros
Mustang Mach-E ER 88 kWh / 610 km 216 kW / 7.0 sec. 54,750 euros
Mustang Mach-E AWD SR 68 kWh / 400 km 198 kW / 6.3 sec. 54,750 euros
Mustang Mach-E AWD ER 88 kWh / 540 km 258 kW / 5.8 sec. 63,700 euros
Mustang Mach-E ER AWD GT 88 kWh / 500 km 358 kW / 4.4 sec. 72,900 euros

Like we said about Tom Moloughney's review of the Mach-E GT wrote, there are two versions at the top of the range in the USA: GT and GT Performance. The GT performance corresponds to the German GT, the weaker and less well-equipped American GT version is not offered in this country.

Drive: One PSM with 52 kW and one with 221 kW

Ford actually only announces the system performance of the individual versions. And with the Mach-E, this is limited by the battery, not by the performance of the two permanent magnet synchronous machines, as Ford's European chief developer Matthias Tonn told me at the event.

An article in Jalopnik we had gathered that two types of electric motors are used in the Mach-E, a large one with around 210 kW and a small one with around 50 kW. Tonn confirmed to us at the appointment that the GT has two large e-machines with around 210 kW each, while the bourgeois all-wheel drive AWD SR and AWD ER only have such a machine at the rear, while a small one works at the front.

However, the exact performance of the electric motors can be seen from the information in the PDF price list:

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After that, the large engine should have 221 kW – that is the value that appears in the price list as the "net power" of the rear-wheel drive. The system output of the RWD versions is limited to 198 kW by the small battery and to 216 kW by the large battery.

The bourgeois AWD versions (Dual Motor SR and Dual Motor ER) have a large 221 kW machine at the rear and one with 52 kW at the front; together this results in a "net power" of 273 kW (see screenshot of the price list above). Two large electric motors are installed on the GT; twice 221 kW result in 442 kW. Even with all-wheel drive vehicles, the system performance is limited by the maximum power output of the battery.

Pouch cells from LG and soon more net capacity

According to Ford, the battery stores 99 kWh gross, of which 88 kWh can be used. It consists of pouch cells from LG Energy Solution, as Tonn also confirmed to me. I couldn't find out anything about chemistry at the appointment.

There was also nothing certain about the construction of the battery. But according to an article on it consists of 10 modules for the small battery and 12 modules for the large one. At the very back, under the bench, four modules are arranged in pairs, one above the other, the remaining eight or six are on one level. Each module contains 32 cells, only the front two are slightly smaller with 28 cells.

The Mach-E's small battery is charged with up to 115 kW DC voltage, while the large one can be charged with up to 150 kW, as we learned on the sidelines of the test event. Like our quick charge test of the Mustang Mach-E with a large battery resulted, the maximum value of 150 kW is also reached, but the charging power drops sharply at almost exactly 80 percent, to a meager 11 kW – so no more than comes from the wallbox at home:

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As already reported by our US colleague Tom Moloughney in his test of the Mach-E GT, the net capacity will be increased from 88 to 91 kWh after the market launch. That should happen in Europe in spring 2022, said product manager Stefan Tinnemann at the event. That brings about 3 percent or 15 km more range. In addition, the higher charging capacity also shifts the charging curve, because what now corresponds to 80 percent then only corresponds to 77 percent, which means that the break-in only happens later.

Plug and Charge: Already possible with Ionity

At the event we asked about Plug and Charge with the Mach-E GT – the practical charging method where you only have to plug the car in and charging starts without manual authentication being necessary. To our surprise, we heard that plug and charge on the Ionity fast chargers was already possible; Our interlocutor was not so sure about other providers. But we suspect a press release from Ford should come soon. After all, there is hardly any reason to keep this plus point of the Ford electric car a secret …

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